Jack Grealish took just 55 seconds to silence his critics against Wolves by turning in Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant cross in a 3-0 win.
The Premier League’s record signing has been playing with question marks around his form, keeping his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad despite a lack of output.
The £100million man hadn’t scored or assisted since May 15 for club or country, but ended that streak in the perfect way thanks to his Belgian teammate.
Manchester City took on Wolves in the early Saturday kick off and after a quick turnover of possession, the reigning champions took the lead in a familiar fashion.
De Bruyne and Phil Foden exchanged passes before the former fired in an unstoppable trademark cross onto the six yard line.
With the insatiable Erling Haaland pulling away a defender, in stormed Grealish to deflect the wonder-pass away from Jose Sa and into the bottom corner of the net.
The 27-year-old would have been delighted to add to his output of just six goals and four assists in 44 games for the Manchester side, which was defended by manager Pep Guardiola in the build up to the game.
The Spaniard said: “We didn’t sign for the incredible goals or assists at Aston Villa.
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“It was another reason and when he played he did it. I want [him] to make goals and assists and he does too.
“But it’s not about that, it’s about his contribution without the ball and what he can produce for the other ones.”
However, Grealish admitted he wants to add more goals to his game.
He told BT Sport: “It was a long time coming, I hadn’t scored since the West Ham game at the back end of last season so it was nice to get off the mark.
“I should be scoring more, I should be getting more assists. I’m always going to have people talking about me with the amount I got bought for.
“If you look at my career I probably haven’t scored as many as certain people. It’s something I do want to add to my game.”
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